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Job Title: Director of Education at a Zoo

Description: Continually work to provide quality education to zoo guests. Manage education department staff and volunteers. Keep current on educational standards, conduct research and development for educational programs. Development and Scheduling and Facilitate educational Programs: School Groups, Zoo Camp, Outreach, Scout Events, Teacher Workshops, etc. Oversee development and scheduling of Birthday Parties. Curriculum Development in Coordination with Local School Districts. Develop and facilitate educational programming to school groups using current assessment anchors. Develop and facilitate education programs for families, and other zoo guests. Develop and facilitate community outreach programs. Respond to phone calls and guest inquiries. Maintain compliance with current AZA standards. Responsible for zoo’s educational graphic and signage. Provides educational data for grants and fund raising. Develop education programs to supplement special event activities. Responsible for the efficient and effective care and training of education animals. Deliver and manage proper animal handling training to education staff, interns and docents. Facilitate educational programming.

Degree Required: BS

  • Bachelor of Science Degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years. Variations of a BS include a BT, referring to a Bachelor's of Technology, or a BA, a Bachelor of Arts degree. These different terms are often used for different areas of study or may be specific to colleges.

Skills Required: Bilingual, Computer skills, Creative writing skills, Customer service skills, Independent worker, Leadership abilities, Learns on the job, Managing financial resources, Managing people, Managing material resources, Oral communication skills, Quick thinker, Scientific thinker, Thinks outside the box, Time management skills, Teaching skills, Works under pressure, Written communication skills

Market Sector: Museum/Zoo/Aquarium, Non-Profit

Relative Salary:  $$$

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